Subject: Install program
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Bernd Wiserner <email@example.com>
Date: 01/29/1994 01:21:27
As some of you might know I got the install-stuff from theo.
I changed/added a lot of things.
Currently I can't hack on it because I have to write my diploma thesis
and find some way of getting some $$ ...
So if someone wants to hack further on it , just let me know.
If I get theo's permission I will forward you the sources . ( Theo ? )
Also I don't know when NetBSD 1.0 ( or whatever number it will have )
will be released . When ?
If someone is willing to continue I am willing to help with anything
I can so just mail ...
If someone considers I should send this also to current-users pls. mail me.
Also I have an enhanced version of the fdisk program which deals with
fdisk and NetBSD partitions, generates fdisk and disktab entries, newfs ..
well it does mostly everything you want to do if you add another disk.
Here is some excerpt from the current TODO/DONE - list ( or the install):
Introduce cursor-movement done
this code is evil because it uses usleep,
should use select.( No time... )
printing of disks and networks , is too space-
consuming. 4 disks + 2 network doesn't fit. done
printing of disks - print fdisk-params instead. done
fix diskl.c to set havedisk(dos)label correctly done
fix diskl.c to read only disklabel from disk done
if this fails use ioctl to get at least params.
fix probe to use geometry from disklabel if available done
enable editing of fdisk-part-table. done
introduce units : sectors/cylinders. done
introduce possibility of changing geometry. done
fix probe to set diskname/type fields correctly. done
grab dospartition into disklabel if present. done
grab extended dospartitions into disklabel TODO
initialize disktype in probe ... done
don't forget about ESDI-and bad-144 done ( correctness?)
do strange !$#% things if the disk is > 1024 cylinders done ( correctness?)
in translated mod ( disks > 1GB )
blast all references to sectorsize = 512 bytes and done
replace with a variable.
add other install-possibilities. TODO
- cp from dos-hd
add partition-generator done
- for fdisk ( use rest of disk .. ) done
-for unixlabel ( use xx for root,xx for swap .. done
add checker for harddisks-params done (correctness?)
add bootcode to fdisk-editing. done
forward BIOS-geometry from the bootblocks to the kernel TODO ( I tried, but failed... )
generate fstab-entries TODO
generate disktab-entries TODO
compile with -Wall ... done
introduce an error function which opens a window, done
displays message and waits for a keystroke ...
This still needs some work...
check the install options in scrN.c
- for hostname stuff done
- for diskstuff
- with labelcheck done
- others done
- for netstuff TODO
- for install-methods TODO
add some utility to find bad sectors and blast them TODO
( snarf from linux ? )
add some program which 'detects' all type of floppies TODO
( MS-DOG,tar, ufs ) and extract direct from floppies.
This should help people who don't have many GB of diskspace.
( Usually theese people don't have a tape ,or internetaccess handy.
( Open consecutive files from the floppy pipe them to
gunzip and tar , close them , have the user change the
floppy , maybe tell him if he inserted the wrong floppy...
I have some ideas on this, but no really working code.
'port' to -current ( curses changed ) done ( works on Jan.5 sources. )
actually do the install TODO TODO
many of theese things ( like generating of disktab entries ...)
are done in my newfisk program
You can have the source if you want.
NOTE : Both sources aren't cleaned up, so there is still some junk inside :(
I am sorry that I can't continue with this, but I must finish my thesis
in 6 weeks and there's still lots of stuff to do.
I can work again on it after finishing that boring thesis stuff.
thanks for your attention